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The Invisible Man Review (2020)

The Invisible Man 2019 version is written and directed by Leigh Whannell (SAW) and stars Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohan and Harriet Dyer.

It tells the story of Cecilia “Cass” who after being trapped in a terrible relationship escapes from her rich boyfriend. Several days later, Cass learns that her boyfriend has died (committing suicide) and that he has inherited 5 million to her. Not long after his death, Cass is being hunted by a supernatural force one that has every intention of harming her and making her life hell…

I didn’t know what to expect with this movie going into it. I never read H.G. Wells book, and it was a remake of a remake and those usually aren’t great, but Leigh Whannell is responsible for SAW, which is still one of my favourite horror franchises, so I went in with an open mind. Fortunately, this is a very suspenseful thriller that is smart and incredibly well directed.

Elizabeth Moss gives one of the best performances she’s ever given. This is her movie and the picture rests completely on her shoulders. But she is fantastic here and there is an argument to have her nominated for best actress at the academy awards. She is that good and while this movie is about female empowerment and has a lot too say about the #metoo era but it doesn’t do it in an overly too obvious or preachy way. It’s part of the story pretty organically and honestly if you have a problem with it being a female empowerment movie then this isn’t the movie for you.

The entire supporting is mostly of unknowns and they all do a good job. Olivier Jackson Cohan is pretty menacing as her ex boyfriend/invisible man and there’s an intriguing mystery revolving around his character, which had me guessing what was really going on going on for most of the runtime of the film—which leads me to my negatives.

There are some holes and the story sometimes doesn’t add once all is revealed. Certain things happen that don’t make much sense and it’s a flaw that I can’t bring up because of the film’s finale, which I won’t spoil. But it is the type of ending that makes you question what happened before and it’s a little too long.

Overall, the invisible man is a taught suspenseful thriller and is incredibly well acted and superbly well directed by Leigh Whannell, and offers a career-defining by Elizabeth Moss.

Rating: A-

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